Thursdays in Black: Support the Sisterhood

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Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link of the Day:

Women For Women (International)

Why I Chose this Link:

Women For Women logoGiven that last month’s Social Justice Challenge theme didn’t really get off the ground, and we’re still waiting on June’s intro post, I thought I’d get a head start on this month’s theme and focus on a link about Genocide this week. Women For Women is a wonderful site that helps the female survivors of war to rebuild their lives and grow. It’s more or less based on an adult version of Girl Theory: that women are and can be a powerful force for change if given the opportunity, and it’s our responsibility to ensure they receive it. From their About page:

Participation in our one-year program launches women on a journey from victim to survivor to active citizen. We identify services to support graduates of the program as they continue to strive for greater social, economic and political participation in their communities.

As each woman engages in a multi-phase process of recovery and rehabilitation, she opens a window of opportunity presented by the end of conflict to help improve the rights, freedoms and status of women in her country. As women who go through our program assume leadership positions in their villages, actively participate in the reconstruction of their communities, build civil society, start businesses, train other women and serve as role models, they become active citizens who can help to establish lasting peace and stability.

I consider myself a feminist – I believe all human beings deserve the chance to live safe, happy lives, no matter who they are or what sex they are born. This, I think, is a step in the right direction, and it’s wonderful to see.

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